2014: The highs and lows of a tumultuous year

By admin
31 December 2014

Deadly diseases, vanishing aeroplanes, and schoolgirl heroes – which of these headline-grabbing events will stick with you forever?


Events and people in the public eye included worsening conflicts in the Middle East, where ISIS militants declared a caliphate over parts of Iraq and Syria, and Israel launched a new attack on the Gaza Strip, and in Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists in the east battled government forces following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

In West Africa the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola has so far claimed over 6,000 lives. Other tragic incidents included the disappearance of Flight MH370, the crash of MH17, the kidnapping of over 270 schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria, the loss of 300 students on a ferry that sank off South Korea, and the abduction of 43 students in Mexico.

Egypt, Turkey and Afghanistan gained new presidents in Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Ashraf Ghani, while Dilma Roussef was re-elected in Brazil. Narenda Modi became prime minister of India, the Reublicans gained ground in the U.S. midterms, and Felipe VI became King of Spain on the abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos.

Space exploration took a step forward with the first ever landing by a spacecraft on a comet but suffered a setback with the crash of SpaceShipTwo.

Russia staged a successful Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and Germany won the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Scotland voted to remain part of the UK, the World Trade Centre reopened for business in New York, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and eternal bachelor George Clooney finally got married.

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